"Hail, Caesar, And Happy New Year! and: Getting Ready For A Super-Duper
Grand Conjunction Of The Two Brightest Planets!"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Jan 11-17

January 14th marks the New Year (2752 a.u.c.), according to the ancient Julian Calendar.

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The waxing crescent Moon will pass by Venus, Jupiter and Saturn during the fourth week of January.
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes, half-an-hour after Sunset for each day indicated.)

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The three brightest planets (Venus, Jupiter and Saturn), and even fainter Mercury will appear closer together as February progresses.  On the 23rd of February, Venus and Jupiter — the two brightest planets — will appear a mere one-fifth degree apart!
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes, half-an-hour after Sunset for each day indicated.)

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